California Residents: Help pass Epi-Pen Legislation!

Posted on: Thu, 06/10/2004 - 4:54pm
Nutternomore's picture
Joined: 08/02/2002 - 09:00

I want to make all California residents aware of this important legislation, and ask for your support in helping to get this
legislation passed.

This was forwarded to me by a contact from a PTA council in a neighboring town. The text of the legislation can be found here:


We have discovered that a relevant piece of legislation is coming up for consideration next week. SB 1912 (Ashburn) Pupil Health: Self Administration of Medication proposes allowing students to carry asthma inhalers and epi-pens with them at school if their physicians and parents so authorize. We feel that it is very important that this legislation is enacted. The bill would establish a UNIFORM STATEWIDE POLICY ALLOWING CHILDREN TO CARRY AND SELF-ADMINISTER LIFE SAVING INHALED ASTHMA AND AUTO-INJECTABLE EPINEPHRINE MEDICATIONS.
The pupil's doctor would have to provide written instructions and the child's parent would have to consent. Children can die if these medications are not administered immediately, but some schools require that they be locked in the school office where they may not be accessible in time.

The bill has passed the Senate and is now coming before the Assembly Education Committee on [b]June 16th[/b]. We are looking for people to contact the members of the Education Committee to express their
support. This is especially helpful if one of the members is your representative.

The members of the Education Committee include:
[list][*]Jackie Goldberg, Chair (District 45: Los Angeles) [/*:m][*]Jan Nakanishi, Vice-Chair (10: Lodi, Stockton, Sacramento) [/*:m][*]Rebecca Cohn (24: Campbell, Santa Clara, Saratoga) [/*:m][*]Manny Diaz (23: San Jose) [/*:m][*]Loni Hancock (14: Berkeley, Oakland, Walnut Creek) [/*:m][*]Carol Liu (44: Pasadena) [/*:m][*]Gene Mullin (19: South San Francisco, Burlingame, Pacifica) [/*:m][*]Fran Pavley (41: Encino, Santa Monica) [/*:m][*]Sarah Reyes (31: Fresno) [/*:m][*]Bonnie Garcia (80: Indio, Palm Springs) [/*:m][*]Mark Wyland (74: San Diego)[/*:m][/list:u]
We have heard that Assemblymember Rebecca Cohn opposes allowing Epi-pens to be self-administered and so opposes their inclusion in this bill. We especially need to ensure she hears from parents and PTA members on this issue.

Contact information for all assembly members is available on the California State PTA website at [url=""][/url] under Advocacy. Generally, a phone call or fax is more effective than an email and timing is critical as the vote will take place next Wednesday, June 16th.

Please feel free to forward this to anyone you know who may be able to help contact these legislators.

Please let me know if you have any questions or any other ideas.

Thanks so much,

Debbie Look
Vice-President, Communications & Legislation
Pleasanton PTA Council

[This message has been edited by Nutternomore (edited June 11, 2004).]

Posted on: Wed, 06/16/2004 - 2:27pm
Nutternomore's picture
Joined: 08/02/2002 - 09:00

The bill remains alive. Here's today's update.

Posted on: Thu, 06/17/2004 - 5:11am
AnneH's picture
Joined: 05/25/2004 - 09:00

I see that it passed the Senate unanimously. Do you expect significant opposition in the Assembly?

Posted on: Thu, 06/24/2004 - 8:46am
Matthew's picture
Joined: 06/15/2004 - 09:00

Do we know when the Assembly committee will hear it? I live in Sacramento and would attend.

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